Kim Kardashian West has always wanted a big family.
But the 39-year-old’s journey to motherhood hasn’t been easy.
Although Kim delivered her first two children, six-year-old daughter North and four-year-old son Saint, the reality star used a surrogate to deliver her youngest children, one-year-old daughter Chicago and seven-month-old son Psalm, after enduring life-threatening complications.
In 2018, Kim Kardashian’s surrogate appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Post continues below.
In a new video for her SKIMS Solutionwear line, Kim opened up about the many complications she had while pregnant with North and Saint.
“When I was pregnant with my daughter North, I had a condition called pre-eclampsia or toxemia, which is basically when the mum’s organs start to shut down,” Kim explained in the video.
“The only way to get rid of that, is to deliver the baby. At 34 and a half weeks I had to into emergency labour, they induced me,” Kim said, adding that North was just 1.8 kilograms when she was born six weeks early in 2013.
Preeclampsia is a condition which causes high blood pressure, which can damage the liver and the kidneys. The condition usually arises around 20 weeks into the pregnancy.
After delivering North, Kim then suffered from placenta accreta, which occurs when the placenta remains attached to the uterine wall after childbirth, risking high blood loss.
“After I delivered [North], my placenta never came out. My placenta grew inside my uterus and that is what women die from in child birth,” Kim explained.
You can watch Kim Kardashian’s full interview on her pregnancy complications below. Post continues after video.
Despite the traumatic pregnancy and delivery, the KKW Beauty founder began the process of freezing her eggs.
“I was able to get pregnant through that, with my son Saint. I had the same condition and the same awful delivery that I had with my first daughter,” Kim said.
“After that, I actually had to have five different operations within a year and a half to fix the damage that all of that did from the inside,” she added.